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“tip of the iceberg” in British English

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tip of the iceberg

C2 a small, noticeable part of a problem, the total size of which is really much greater:

These small local protests are just the tip of the iceberg.

(Definition of “tip of the iceberg” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“the tip of the iceberg” in American English

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the tip of the iceberg

a small and known part of something much larger and unknown:

As with many injuries, the damage we can see is only the tip of the iceberg.

(Definition of “the tip of the iceberg” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)